Residents of a housing society in Mumbai’s Kandivali area claim to be victims of an elaborate vaccination scam where they were vaccinated with fake COVID-19 shots.
Around 390 people were given Covishield vaccine shots inside the premises of a vaccination camp at Hiranandani Estate society on 30th May. Claiming to be a representative of Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, a facilitator Rajesh Pandey got in touch with the society committee as said by the residents. While a person named Mahendra Singh collected the money in cash from the society member, another person Sanjay Gupta coordinated the vaccination drive.
Around ₹1,260 were paid for each dose as mentioned by Hitesh Patel, a resident of the housing society when his son got himself vaccinated. No photos or selfies were allowed to be clicked while getting vaccinated and no message was received by the residents after getting the dose, he added. Around ₹5 lakh were paid to the facilitator. When none of those vaccinated developed any post-jab symptoms, a suspicion arose.
Even certificates were not received by the residents and no symptoms developed along with any other side effect as said by another resident Hrishabh Kamdar.
Nanavati, Lifeline, Nesco BMC vaccination centre etc., denied ever providing vaccines to the housing society in question when the society received vaccination certificates from the mentioned hospitals. It was also mentioned by Kokilaben Ambani Hospital that they did never gave any vaccine to society members. Anxiety has been spelt among the residents of Hiranandani Estate by the incident.